Xie Ai Ge - Golden Apple series - Small Fibre Glass Sculpture
This is a fibre glass sculpture by the noted Chinese artist, Xie Ai Ge, that is hand laid with 99.99% gold leaf, varnished. The symbolic significance of this piece is as follows:
The Apple series in general symbolizes Man's will to overcome "desire" as symbolized by the apple, referenced in Adam and Eve's stolen apple from Paradise. Each series portray a different meaning.
In the Golden Apple series, the gold symbolizes wealth and honor. Man, with his arms outstretched and palms facing upwards is both embracing the world, and receiving energy or "chi" (life force) from the world. The concept of energy is an ancient concept familiar in both the East and West. His bent knees suggest his humility. The artist believes that "you are more honorable the more you are humble, and the more you are humble, the more you are honorable".
Hence, could it be suggested that one's humility and an all embracing, creative, positive, energetic "chi", is inherently a source of profound wealth?
For thousands of years, civilizations have used gold leaf to decorate their most prized buildings and relics. Gold leaf was also manufactured in ancient China and Japan, and has been used since ancient times. Fragile in unskilled hands, the gold leaf application process is labor-intensive and challenging.
Red Apple series - Man is walking on the apple to symbolize the peaceful person's calm and resolute resistance over temptations (as symbolized by the apple). It is a sense of a mindful awareness each day - to make a good choice, as well as the recognition of the opportunity of hope and optimism.
ABOUT the artist:
Xie Ai Ge (b. 1977) is an internationally well regarded Chinese artist well known for her sculptures that draw on Chinese philosophies and culture. Her work is at once contemporary and based on ancient Chinese philosophies, hence making her work thought provoking, relevant, and timeless.
She received recognition by art critics as a promising young sculptor in a national exhibition in China in 2005. She went on to exhibit in Germany (Kunstmuseum) where she received more international exposure. The artist has since exhibited globally in Asia, Europe and the US, where her works are part of many prestigious collections. Her work is sought after in Asia, and well received in the USA.
Xie's work has been collected all over the world and her work has also been commissioned ( a special life size sculpture of Tai Chi) and prominently displayed at the beautiful Park Hyatt, Shanghai.
Select Permanent Collections:
Kohler Corporation, USA
Park Hyatt hotel, Shanghai
Beijing Capital Airport
Shanghai World Financial Center International
Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art
Shanghai Mingyuan Art Center
Shanghai Hongji Group
People's Bank of Italy
Limited Edn of 100.
Signed and numbered by artist.
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Suggested retail price $1,400.
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